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Hyksos

[hik-sohs, -sos]
noun
  1. a nomadic people who conquered and ruled ancient Egypt between the 13th and 18th dynasties, c1700–1580 b.c.: believed to have been a Semitic people that originally migrated into Egypt from Asia.
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Origin of Hyksos

1595–1605; < Greek Hyksṓs, perhaps < Egyptian ḥg(ʾ) ruler + h̬ʾst foreign land
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Examples from the Web for hyksos

Historical Examples of hyksos

  • The cowroids, with a rope border on the back, are of the Hyksos period.

    Scarabs

    Isaac Myer

  • Moreover, statues and sphinxes of the Hyksos period are also found here.

  • It was the favorite residence of the Shepherd Kings or Hyksos.

    The New York Obelisk

    Charles E. Moldenke

  • It was the main seat of the Hyksos, who embellished it in every possible way.

    The New York Obelisk

    Charles E. Moldenke

  • The duration of the Hyksos rule is thus left in some uncertainty.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing


British Dictionary definitions for hyksos

Hyksos

noun plural -sos
  1. a member of a nomadic Asian people, probably Semites, who controlled Egypt from 1720 bc until 1560 bc
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Word Origin for Hyksos

from Greek Huksōs name of ruling dynasty in Egypt, from Egyptian hq's'sw ruler of the lands of the nomads
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Word Origin and History for hyksos

Hyksos

c.1600, 15th dynasty of Egyptian kings (1650-1558 B.C.E.), called "Shepherd Kings," from Greek Hyksos, from Egyptian, either hiq shasu "ruler of nomads," or heqa khoswe "chief of foreign lands."

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